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Local youth grapplers participate in first-ever girls only AAU tournament


March 12, 2020

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THE THOMPSON FALLS CONTINGENT which attended the first Montana State AAU Girls State Championships poses for a photo in Billings Saturday. Chaperone/coach Ashley Block , Hartleigh Block, Emory Butler, Lena Nicholson, Danni Hill, Neala Block and chaperone/coach Nate Block retunred from Billings with medals and memories.

The Blue Hawk Wrestling Club sent five female grapplers into the first-ever Montana State AAU Girls State Championships tournament in Billings Saturday and all five came away with medals.

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"LOOK, I'M A CHAMPION! JUST LIKE TRAE!" Neala Block reportedly likened herself to Thompson Falls High School wrestler Trae Thilmony, who won a State B-C title recently, when she received her first place medal in Billings Saturday.

Neala Block led the way by winning first place at 35 pounds, Hartleigh Block claimed second place honors at 45 pounds, Lena Nicholson won fourth at 60, Emory Butler fifth at 58, and Danni Hill sixth at 55.

Staying in the Billing area for the Billings Darkhorse Tournament Sunday, those five girls wrestled again, along with several boys from the Blue Hawk Wrestling Club, in that event.

The Block sisters doubled up on their wrestling in the Darkhorse tourney, with Neala winning first at 35 pounds and fifth in the 40 pound class, and Hartleigh taking third at 45 and fifth at 50. Brother Weston Block doubled up as well, winning fourth at 60 pounds and fifth at 65.

Emory Butler won sixth place at 65 pounds and did not place at 70, Nicholson won sixth at 65, Danni Hill did not place at 55, and Kalib Butler did not place at 50 or 55 pounds.


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